Medical system does work when you need it

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

On the night of August 30/31, my husband Al, who has always been active and healthy, had severe groin and back pain.

We called 911 at about midnight and within 10 minutes two paramedics arrived from Agassiz. Shortly after that an Advanced Life Support team arrived. They took him to Chilliwack General Hospital and by the time I arrived at the hospital the ER team in Chilliwack had done an ultrasound, found something, and were preparing to follow-up with a CT Scan.

The rest of the ER team were on the phone locating a hospital that could put together a surgical team to try to save my husband’s life. He was suffering an abdominal aortic aneurysm (the silent killer).

Abbotsford was our next destination. He was given less than a 50 per cent chance of surviving the trip to Abbotsford, as the artery had started dissecting but he did survive and was immediately taken into surgery (just before 3 a.m.).

At that point the nurses told me he had a 50/50 chance of making it through the surgery. This wonderful surgical team lead by Dr. Lewis and Dr. Fry were able to do an EVAR to repair the artery, and shortly after 7:00 a.m. Al was in ICU.  We were warned that he was not out of the woods yet as the next 24 to 48 hours were critical. Within 36 hours Al was moved from ICU to high acuity and then 48 hours later from high acuity to post surgical. He was released from hospital on Wednesday, September 7 and is expected to make a full recovery.

I have never had much good to say about our medical system with long waits in emergency and friends waiting months and months for specialty tests but after this experience I can only praise this system because in an extreme emergency it is there for us.

I also would like to say a big thank you to the Agassiz paramedics, the advanced life support paramedics, all the Chilliwack ER staff, the Abbottsford ER staff, Dr. Lewis, Dr. Fry and their surgical team, the ICU, high acuity and post surgical nurses that took such good care of Al during his seven day stay in Abbotsford Hospital.

Sandi Cassidy

Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Just Posted

Sewage fees going up 10% in Harrison Hot Springs

Residential homes will pay $22.50 more in 2019 to flush their toilets

Origami-inspired art lights up Chilliwack art gallery

Chilliwack textile sculpture artist Sylvie Roussel-Jannsens presents Whole, a solo exhibition

Missing Chilliwack man last seen on Island 22

Paul James Braumberger, 66, hasn’t been heard from since Jan. 11

AESS senior girls eyeing spot in basketball provincials

The team needs to move up one more ranking get a place in the championships

End ‘exploitative’ parking fees at Lower Mainland hospitals, group says

HospitalPayParking.ca is criticizing a new contract between health authorities and Impark

VIDEO: Harrison sailor looking for competitors to race model boats

Bernhard Van Velze is hoping to create a club for model sailboats at Harrison Lake

Former Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay voted into Baseball Hall of Fame

M’s legend Edgar Martinez, Rivera, Mussina also make the grade

South Surrey mother ‘never called 911’ after killing daughter, court hears

Crown submits evidence shows Lisa Batstone wanted eight-year-old Teagan to die

Why would the B.C. legislature need a firewood splitter?

First sign of police involvement in investigation of top managers

New Canada Food Guide nixes portion sizes, promotes plant-based proteins

Guide no longer lists milk and dairy products as a distinct food group

Heavy snowfall expected for Coquihalla, Okanagan valley

Coquihalla highway, the Connector, and Highway 3, from Princeton to Allison Pass are getting snow.

Judge annuls hairdresser’s forced marriage to boss’ relative

Woman was told she’d be fired if she didn’t marry boss’s Indian relative so he could immigrate here

Video: Runaway Coquihalla dog returned to owner

Archer, the dog found roaming along Coq. Hwy. on Jan. 19, has been reunited with owner

Most Read